Houston likes to think of itself as a city that pushes the limits, and it’s no wonder why. Houston has always served as the home of the NASA space program, and now the city can rightly claim that it is home to one of the world’s quickest and fastest cars thanks to Hennessey Performance.
As you might remember, this past January the 1,200 horsepower twin-turbo LS7 powered Venom GT blasted from a dead stop to over 300 kilometers an hour (186 MPH) in just under 14 seconds. This incredible display of acceleration defeated the previous Guinness World Record by one full second. Hennessey’s close connection with the city of Houston comes from the fact that the Venom GT is built at Hennessey’s headquarters in Sealy, Texas just west of Houston, and the record braking runs were performed at Houston’s Ellington Airport under the close supervision of officials from The Guinness Book of World Records.
To thank the City of Houston for all their support, John Hennessey and Don Goldman presented the official World Record to the City of Houston in a public ceremony on May 8th, 2013. According to The Examiner, Mayor Annise Parker accepted the record on behalf of the people of the city of Houston, and said that thanks to Hennessey Performance, Houston isn’t just a space-flight city anymore; it’s also a “speed city.”